Game Preview: Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes

After a superb win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night, the Dallas Stars are back in action tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two teams, with the Stars winning two of the previous three encounters.

Dallas will be without their charismatic leader tonight, as Brenden Morrow misses out with a minor groin injury. Matt Fraser has been called up from the Texas Stars as a replacement, and he is set to go tonight.

The return of Kari Lehtonen has been huge for the Stars. When he was out injured, they were conceding goals on a far too regular basis. He has tightened things up, conceding just three goals in the last two games.

Feb 1, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) skates with the puck past Phoenix Coyotes right wing Mikkel Boedker (89) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Coyotes in the overtime shootout 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sportsregular basis. Kari has tightened it up, conceding just three goals in the past two games.

Jaromir Jagr is in a great bit of form, scoring four goals in his last three games. He will have a tough time scoring tonight past Mike Smith in the Phoenix net.

Phoenix sit just a point behind the Stars in the standings, making this divisional tilt a massive one.

They come into tonight’s game off of the back of a heavy 6-3 loss to the St Louis Blues. Captain Shane Doan said it is crucial that they get back to playing their defensive style of hockey tonight. An open end-to-end game is one that doesn’t suit the current Phoenix outfit.

The Coyotes are looking pretty strong ahead of the game tonight. Radim Vrbata, who has been out for several weeks, may make his return against the Stars at the Jobing.com arena tonight.

Puck drop is at 7pm CT.

 

Potential Stars lines:

 

Eriksson-Benn-Jagr

Roussel-Roy-Cole

Fraser-Eakin-Smith

Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt

 

Robidas-Dillon

Daley-Benn

Goligoski-Oleksiak

 

Lehtonen

 

Topics: Brenden Morrow, Kari Lehtonen, Shane Doan

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